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Tom Holland is the perfect millennial Spider-Man for the new generation, says Channel NewsAsia’s Genevieve Loh, who’s calling this the best Spidey movie since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in 2004.SINGAPORE: By now, everyone knows that with great power comes great responsibility. And even though this over-familiar mantra is never uttered once in Spider-Man: Homecoming (an evidently clever move), it’s a reliable adage that the film’s director Jon Watts and his cast seem determined to live up to.Because, as the sixth Spider-Man film in a franchise that has seen three different actors, three different directors and three different continuities in a mere 15 years, Homecoming manages to pull off the most challenging of feats: To justify its own standalone existence while coming back home to the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU).The best Spidey movie since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in 2004 with Tobey Maguire, this is the instalment that succeeds in fully embracing both its revered source material and the hazards of millennial teenage life with charm, currency and most importantly, fun.Justifying all the praise he garnered for his scene-stealing 10 minutes in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, 21-year-old Tom Holland continues his winning ways as the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man.The Brit is an endearing ball of energy to watch, encapsulating just enough pep and over-eagerness to convey Peter’s wide-eyed wonder and thrill at being a teenager with superpowers, his coming-of-age struggles and getting to make a difference in the world. Holland nails the universal appeal of Spider-Man, tapping in on the fact that we are all Peter Parker at some point of our lives – that socially awkward kid, unsure of our future, scared of the consequences of our actions but always trying to do the best we can.Credit must go to Watts and his six (yes, six!) scriptwriters who mercifully chose to skip the retelling of the exhausting origin story with all its associated guilt trips. Instead, we now get to focus on Peter figuring out the blurred lines between identity and responsibility.They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and indeed much of the inherent charm in Homecoming is how it leans so much closer to classic John Hughes than Marvel superhero blockbuster in storytelling.From a sequence that blatantly rips off Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (look out for the original movie scene on a television set) to the cheeky wink/nudge to The Breakfast Club, all these nods contribute to Homecoming’s relatability.There are a multitude of Easter eggs and punchy self-referential gags, from teen star Zendaya (who plays Peter’s schoolmate Michelle) proclaiming that her friends call her MJ – a nod to Spidey’s long-time love, Mary-Jane – to Donald Glover’s cameo as Aaron Davis, who is actually the Prowler and (even more importantly) the uncle of Miles Morales, the new 21st-century Afro-Latino Spider-Man in the comics.Fans will also love that Karen, the voice of the artificial intellige
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/movie-review-spider-man-homecoming-9016140


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